Many people don’t know that they can travel while their Green Card application is being processed. Here are some tips on how to do it!
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Applying for a travel extension
If you are a green card holder, you may apply for a travel extension if you need to stay outside of the United States for an extended period of time. You will need to submit a completed application, along with supporting documentation, to the nearest US embassy or consulate.
Once your application is received, it will be reviewed by a consular officer. If approved, your extension will be valid for up to two years. You will need to reapply for an extension before it expires if you wish to continue traveling.
Eligibility for a travel extension
To be eligible for a travel extension as a green card holder, you must:
-Be physically present in the United States for at least one year
-Have a valid green card
-Have a passport that is valid for at least six months
-Have a reason for wanting to travel that is consistent with your status as a legal permanent resident (for example, business travel, pleasure, or to visit family)
-Be able to show that you have ties to the United States that will compel you to return after your trip (for example, a job, family, or property)
-Not have any criminal convictions that would make you ineligible for admission to the United States
-Be able to show that you can support yourself financially while you are away
Documents required for a travel extension
If you are a permanent resident or a green card holder, you can apply for a travel extension if you need more time to stay in the United States. You will need to submit the following documents with your application:
-A copy of your green card or permanent resident card
-A completed Form I-131, Application for Travel Document
-A completed Form I-134, Affidavit of Support
– Proof of onward travel out of the United States
-Payment for the application fee
How to apply for a travel extension
If you’re a green card holder, you can apply for a travel extension if you need more time to travel outside the United States. To apply, you must fill out an Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-539). This form is available on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website.
You can either mail in your completed application or submit it online. If you submit it online, you will need to create an account on the USCIS website. Once you have an account, you will be able to log in and complete the form.
You will need to pay a filing fee when you submit your application. The current fee is $370, which must be paid by check or money order made out to the “Department of Homeland Security.” You can find more information about paying the fee on the USCIS website.
Once your application is submitted, USCIS will review it and make a decision. If your application is approved, you will be granted an extension of your green card status. This extension will allow you to stay in the United States for an additional two years from the date your current green card expires.
Processing time for a travel extension
If you are a green card holder and need to travel outside the United States, you will need to apply for a travel extension. The processing time for a travel extension can vary, but it generally takes around 2-3 months.
Tips for a successful travel extension application
If you are a green card holder, you may leave the United States and return at any time. However, if you plan to be away for more than one year, you will need to apply for a travel extension. This can be done by filing Form I-131 with the USCIS.
There are a few things to keep in mind when applying for a travel extension:
-You must show that you have strong ties to the United States, such as a job or family, and that you do not intend to abandon your residency.
-You must provide proof of your travel plans, such as a plane ticket or itinerary.
-You must show that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your trip.
-You must not have any criminal convictions that would make you ineligible for a green card.
If your application is approved, you will be given an Extended Voluntary Departure (EVD) stamp in your passport, which will allow you to stay outside of the United States for up to two years. After two years, you will need to apply for another extension or reenter the country to maintain your residency status.
Frequently asked questions about travel extensions
When you apply for a Green Card, you are also granted permission to travel in and out of the United States. However, this permission is only valid for a certain period of time, and you will need to apply for a travel extension if you want to stay longer.
Applying for a travel extension is a relatively simple process, but there are a few things you need to know before you begin. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about travel extensions for green card holders
-How do I apply for a travel extension?
-What documents do I need to submit?
-How much does it cost to apply for a travel extension?
-How long does it take to get a decision on my application?
-Can I work while my application is pending?
-What happens if my application is denied?
-I want to apply for citizenship. Do I need to get a travel extension first?
If you have any other questions about Travel Extensions, or if you need help with your application, please contact us. We would be happy to assist you.
Case studies of successful travel extension applications
Green card holders who wish to extend their stay in the United States beyond the expiration date on their card may do so by filing a Petition to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-539).
To be eligible, applicants must show that they meet the requirements for their current nonimmigrant status, that they have not committed any crimes while in the United States, and that they have not violated the terms of their status.
Applicants must also show that they have strong ties to their home country and that they will return there when their stay in the United States expires.
There is no guarantee that an extension will be granted, but there are several cases where extensions have been approved.
One case involved a woman from Brazil who was studying for her Ph.D. in mathematics at a university in California. She had been in the United States for four years and her green card was about to expire. She applied for an extension and it was approved.
Another case involved a man from Mexico who was working as an engineer for a company in Texas. His green card was set to expire in six months, but he applied for an extension and it was approved.
It is important to note that each application is considered on a case-by-case basis, and there is no guarantee that an extension will be granted. However, these two cases demonstrate that it is possible to get an extension if you have strong ties to your home country and can show that you will return there when your stay in the United States expires.
Resources for applying for a travel extension
Are you a green card holder who needs to extend your travel plans? If so, you’ll need to apply for a travel extension with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
The process for applying for a travel extension is relatively simple. First, you’ll need to complete and submit Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. You can find this form on the USCIS website.
Once you’ve completed and submitted Form I-131, you’ll need to pay the associated filing fee and submit any required supporting documentation. USCIS will then review your application and make a decision on whether or not to approve your travel extension.
If your travel extension is approved, you’ll be given an extended period of time to remain in the United States. Be sure to keep track of the expiration date of your travel extension, as you’ll be required to depart the United States on or before that date.
If you have any questions about applying for a travel extension, contact USCIS or speak with an immigration attorney for guidance.
Contact information for questions about travel extensions
If you have questions about applying for a travel extension, you can contact the USCIS Contact Center.
USCIS Contact Center
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 8 am – 8 pm ET (excluding federal holidays)
Telephone: 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)